Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with communion in a candlelit sanctuary during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children's church school and nursery care will be offered during the 10 a.m. service. Services will begin with contemplative prayer at 9 a.m. in Lidgate Hall.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with communion in a candlelit sanctuary during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children's church school and nursery care will be offered during the 10 a.m. service. Services will begin with contemplative prayer at 9 a.m. in Lidgate Hall.

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland will hold services to celebrate the beginning of Advent at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-3536.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will have Advent morning prayer services at 8:30 a.m. weekdays beginning Monday, Dec. 2, at Hafer House, 426 W. Sixth St., Medford. Other Advent events for December will include daily devotionals and home communion suppers hosted by church members. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "First Advent — Faith" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

— Nick Morgan